02/08/18 – Thursday’s Interest-ing Reads

  • End of a Bull Market, or Nowhere Near? Making the Case for Both (bloomberg)
  • Drivers don’t trust Uber. This is how it’s trying to win them back. (recode)
  • The prime working age population is at a new high. (calculatedriskblog)
  • The stock market’s decline could take some pressure off the Fed. (bloomberg)
  • The economy is still abnormally dependent on low interest rates and richly priced assets (wsj)
  • A LOT of people watched the SpaceX livestream. (theverge)
  • Someone is wrong on the internet, wages and the stock market edition (ftalphaville.ft)
  • SpaceX lost the center core of Falcon Heavy. (engadget)
  • Bitcoin Miners Fried in Game of Chicken (bloomberg)
  • Why newsletters are a good way to pay for content. (niemanlab)
  • Astronomers may have found rogue planets … in another galaxy (syfy)
  • Saying risk-parity funds cause market volatility is misguided at best. (wsj)
  • It’s been a long time since inflation was an issue for investors. (nytimes)
  • What on Earth Happened to Stocks? Here’s Where to Cast the Blame (bloomberg)
  • The Best Books on Neuroscience: A reading list for students considering it as a career (fivebooks)
  • Apple’s Middle Age (stratechery)
  • Call me when there is an actual trend break. (rivershedge.blogspot)
  • Abnormal Returns appears on the "12 Best FIRE and Finance Blogs to Follow." (growtoretire)
  • An Ode to the Video Store Chain, on the Occasion of Blockbuster’s Demise (texasmonthly)
  • The Falcon Heavy launch was cool but putting putting a car in space is not cool. (kottke)
  • Millennial money managers have never really seen a bear market. (bloomberg)
  • Sign up now to save your seat for the FundSeeder 2018 Virtual Trader Summit on February 8th. Speakers include: Joel Greenblatt, Jim Rogers, Jack Schwager and many more. (summit.fundseeder)
  • Why do mutual funds still exist? (smartleaf)
  • The best hedge is never having taken the risk in the first place. (thereformedbroker)
  • This big problem may make breaking up GE ($GE) difficult, if not impossible. (bloomberg)
  • John Gruber, "HomePod does exactly what Apple says it does, doesn’t do anything more than what Apple says it does, and costs $349." (daringfireball)
  • The market for ICOs has slowed substantially. (wsj)
  • The Stock Market Didn’t Get Tested — You Did (blogs.wsj)
  • Why an understanding market history is important for (novice) investors. (nytimes)
  • Litecoin is the new Bitcoin….for criminals. (fortune)
  • Want better local news? Pay for it. (nytimes)
  • Cryptocurrencies are a male-dominated industry. (ft)
  • The Art of the Millisecond: How a lot of little things make an Olympic gold medalist&#xA0 (wsj)
  • Weekly initial unemployment claims are still at historically low levels. (calculatedriskblog)
  • The Obscure History — and Future — of the Plastic Bag (bloomberg)
  • What exactly are ‘hedge fund-like returns’? (mrzepczynski.blogspot)
  • Stock Stumble Isn’t a Starting Gun for Hysteria (bloomberg)
  • Using the big cryptocurrency sell-off as an opportunity to think more deeply about the technology. (avc)
  • How the demise of the short-vol trade will hurt CBOE ($CBOE). (ft)
  • How Facebook Is Killing Comedy (splitsider)
  • Twitter ($TWTR) just turned a profit. (fastcompany)
  • Bubbles do a good job of redistributing wealth. (bloomberg)
  • Goldman Sachs ($GS) wants to finance your next Apple ($AAPL) purchase. (wsj)
  • Google ($GOOGL) is re-absorbing Nest. (businessinsider)
  • Bitcoin as lottery ticket. (project-syndicate)
  • Process matters, not outcomes. (bclund)
  • Blackrock ($BLK) is raising a big fund to make really long term investments. (wsj)
  • What it’s like to watch your five year-old iPad slowly die. (nytimes)
  • Volatility Inc.: Inside Wall Street’s $8 Billion Bomb (bloomberg)
  • Why SpaceX beats other countries in the space race. (bloomberg)
  • Volatility has a tendency to sort the good quants from the bad quants. (wsj)
  • This new mapping tool shows where neo-Nazi trolls live in the U.S. (news.vice)
  • It’s easy to blame "the machines" for market turbulence. (aqr)
  • Want a hedge fund job? You better have the right quantitative skills. (news.efinancialcareers)
  • There are measures of risk other than the $VIX. (capitalspectator)
  • Cryptocurrencies make putting a Forbes billionaire list more difficult. (nytimes)
  • Is Spotify’s plan for direct listing all about lower fees? (institutionalinvestor)
  • Some facts on market drawdowns/corrections/crashes. (tonyisola)
  • Over-optimized portfolios are a waste of time. (pragcap)
  • Short titles, better papers. (marginalrevolution)
  • Five rules to avoid investing disasters. (bloomberg)
  • Negative convexity and the demise of the $XIV ETN. (kiddynamitesworld)
  • On the perversity of markets or why it’s easy to get sucked in. (alephblog)
  • “Did Someone Fat-Finger This?” (wsj)

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